Tickle – September 11, 2018

Having to move fast today. Here are some important things you need to know:

We all smile a knowing smile at the very true statement we have all said many times, “All things at FUMC flow through Evelyn!” Lord knows that is very true. Evelyn does so many things for us in this place of grace. But now, it is our turn to do some things for her. She and her family are on Holy Ground with her Mother. We have given Evelyn the time she needs to be with her Mom and care for her family. Evelyn will be in and out. Hugs and cards are helpful - 400 conversations are not helpful. Your loving understanding is most appreciated. It is our turn to be a “place of grace” for her and her family. And yes, things won’t happen as well or as fast around here for a while. But it is the right thing to do.

Today is September 11. That date has profound meaning to us as a nation. Even though it has been 17 years, in so many ways, the wounds, the memories, are all still very present. Find time today to pray. Pray for God’s Will to become the prevalent will in our world. Pray for the families who still mourn that loss. Pray for the heroes - who saved so many that day. Pray without ceasing. I come back to our Scripture from Sunday where the resurrected Jesus said twice “Peace be with you.”

If you were intrigued by Kyle Freed’s Mission Moment on Sunday, remember to come to the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm for another organizational meeting regarding our efforts to form a Early response team that can travel into a storm zone to provide short term relief (never over more than 4 days at a time and many opportunities will be a few hours on one day as schedules permit.) We know the storms are coming. Our neighbors will need help.

God’s Love,
Pastor Mark

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.

A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

Wed Night Activities this week!
Dinner begins at 5 pm
Baked potato bar, salad and dessert
FUNDRAISER FOR THE FUMC WORSHIP CHOIR
Children’s Ministry begins at 6 pm in the Fundamentals room (nursery available)
Youth (6th grade and up) at THE GATHERING begins at 6 pm in lower level of the MAC
Hand bells at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
United Methodism 101 in FIDELIS Sunday School Room (6 pm to 6:45 pm)
……………This Week’s UM101 topic is “What is the local UM Church Structured to Do?”
Choir rehearsal in the music room behind the Sanctuary at 7 pm

UMM Remind You to recycle your Aluminum Cans!
The small brown hut on the back side of our parking lot next to the UMM workshop is for bags of Aluminum cans. For simplicity, we would like to receive cans only. But start a recycle center for Aluminum cans in your home and when your trash bag of cans gets full, place it inside the unlocked hut with the others.

Judy Hair has moved. Her new address is 1594 John Smith Road East, Blairsville 30512.

STAY INFORMED:
The best link to official United Methodist Church Denominational (Global) news comes from a publication from the United Methodist Communications office that you can subscribe to at the following website umcom.org

On that web page, click the large “Subscribe box.” In the window that comes up, select Weekly Digest under United Methodist News. You then get a summary email from the United Methodist Church sent to you each week regarding the major developments in core stories around the globe. Among many other things, updates on the upcoming Special Session of General Conference in February will be found there. The North Georgia Conference Web site is a good source of continuous information as well - ngumc.org

Fall Festival News!!!
Volunteers Needed … Find Your Place!

A huge part of our Fall Festival each year is our BBQ LUNCH. United Methodist Men we need you to help serve on our BBQ team. We need a team of men to help in areas such as food prep, the serving line, table hosts, cashiers, and clean up. On Friday’s at the Festival we serve approx. 250 BBQ plates! On Saturday’s our average is 150 plates. Serving times are 11:00am - 1:30 on both days. Men we need you! Call Stan at the church to volunteer!

In our marketplace this year we will be having some new areas, expanding others, and of course keeping our most popular. But WE NEED HELP!! Read the following and find the place you can serve.

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: We are still looking for some special auction items. We would like to have some college themed gift baskets to auction. We are collecting small college themed items to make up the baskets. We will start with UGA, Georgia Tech, and Florida baskets (unless there are items enough for another school). Also, we are looking for someone gifted in helping assemble the baskets. Contact Tricia Wallace if you can help.

GENERAL STORE: This is an area we will be expanding this year…so exciting! Think about any items you may find in a general store that you can donate…canned goods (we sold a lot of these last year!!), cookbooks, unique kitchen items (cast iron and such), utensils, sewing/crafting items, fabric items such as aprons, dish towels, candles, scented items, homemade soaps/lotions, bird houses, baskets, etc. Get the idea? Contact: Eileen Nichols at 561-635-6130, or Tricia Wallace.

CRAFTERS ROW: CRAFTERS NEEDED! Anyone needing tables for their craft items just let us know. We will again be displaying similar items together to save on tables and space. If there is something you LOVE to make, bring it! You don’t need a full table of items. REMEMBER even just a few items, makes a great impact when put all together. You don’t have to make 50 to be helpful (well, other than scrubbies, never enough of those). PLEASE include a recommended selling price. … Contact Tricia Wallace.

CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS: This was an idea from last year!! We had one of our resident artists set-up and paint over the two days and we had a wonderful response. This year we would like to have more of our artists and crafters demonstrating their skills during the Festival. Weavers, Chair Caners, Needle Crafters, Painters, Woodcarvers, Quilters, etc…It would be really nice if at your table you could have a few items to sale (but not required) People love to see you work. Contact Stan Wallace if you can help.

CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER!! Yes… A new Christmas corner is coming this year so begin digging in your Christmas closet, attic or storage room. We are looking for anything Christmas that is in good shape and working. Nativity sets, home decor, pillows, dishes, fabric/quilted items, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, bows, tags, etc. ALSO, this will be an area we will begin setting up on the Monday before the sale. We will need a lot of help that week! Contact Tricia Wallace if you could serve as a helper for her that week!

BAKERY: Homemade cookies, brownies, pies and cakes are always needed. Sugar free / gluten free and children friendly are always a good idea. THE BIG NEED IS ALSO yummy LAYERED CAKES!!! Items can be brought to the church anytime on Thursday October 11th or before. We have freezer space available here at the church for your Bakery items if you want to bake early.

SWEET SHOPPE: Our Sweet Shoppe each year is sponsored by the United Methodist Women’s Morning Glory Circle. For more information about the “Sweet Shoppe” contact Linda Roberson at 7400roberson@gmail.com

Also, remember our TREASURE SALE (collecting your yard sale items on Friday’s at the annex from 9am-11am)
& CLOTHES CLOSET (accepting your slightly used clothes on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 9am-11am in the Fellowship Hall).

You can bring Marketplace items to Stan’s office anytime or to the Small Dining Room the week of festival set-up. Festival dates are Friday, October 12th 9am-4pm & Saturday, October 13th 9am-2pm WOW!! Exciting stuff!!! THANK YOU and Remember… “ It’s all hands on deck !”

Contact phone #’s…

Stan Wallace 229-326-0644
Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361

Connectional Group 1 Shared Worship Service at FUMC - Wed, Sept 19
The 8 UMC’s of Towns County and Union County hold a shared worship service each year. The service is on a Wednesday night this year at FUMC. One of the best preachers in the North Georgia Conference is our guest preacher (Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - our new Gainesville District Superintendent.) Our worship service will happen in the Sanctuary at 5:30 pm. The eight churches are doing a Turkey & Dressing potluck dinner in the MAC for everyone who wishes to stay for dinner at 6:30 pm. Each church is bringing specific parts of the meal. Ro & the Robinettes are doing the turkey on our behalf. The meal is free. If you have a dish you would like to make - feel free to bring it. One church has desserts, another church has salads, another church has stuffings, and so one. Come worship God with Rev. Dr Alice Rogers, Jeff and Keith, and our Connectional Group Lay leadership team that night.

A “Traveling Gift Shop” is something new from the Morning Glory Circle for our congregation to find small UM items like bookmarks, key rings, coins and jewelry that they might want for themselves or want to purchase as gifts. The MGC Traveling Gift Shop hours are: Sunday, 9:20 am to 9:40 am and 10:45 am to 10:55 am in the narthex. Look for Alice O’Rourke or another member sitting next to a small display case waiting for you to view and select your items.

FUMC MISSIONS FAIR: On Sunday November 18th our church would once again like to shine a spotlight on all the Missions and Ministry operating within our congregation so that members can easily find a place to serve. If you are an advocate for a Mission or Ministry and would like to be included in this event, please email Kim Tatman now in order to have your service included in the literature and planning.

Night to Shine event will be held here at FUMC again next February.

“The atmosphere is charged with God’s love! I have never been anywhere other than the Night to Shine where there has been as many smiles and promotion of God’s unconditional love for everyone. This energy lingers on past the Night to Shine event. Community connections are made and friendships are formed that last far beyond the night of the Night to Shine. I am of the opinion that the Night to Shine is the closest experience I have ever had to what Heaven will be like. Disabilities, and we all have them; will not matter, as we will be wrapped up in the arms and love of Jesus for eternity! What a day that will be!”

Financial donations are needed to host such a huge event. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration.

Would you like to be a volunteer for Night to Shine – February 8, 2019? In the coming weeks - watch for a general on-line link to register as a volunteer.

Lastly, but most important…we are looking for many subcommittee leaders. If you would like to be involved in the planning please contact Kim & Joe Tatman.
Tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net
jtatman@gmail.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Those in the path of the tropical storms / hurricanes
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Red Bird Adult Mission Team (Kenny Engle from our church)
Ron Schultz - on way home now - did not install pain device - instead, surgically corrected pinched nerve on L3 vertebrae - needs time to heal
Dot MacFarlane - recent passing of Ian - service was Sunday in Atlanta
Carl Neuhaus - shingles
Lee Dunham- surgery related infection on foot
JoAnn Strickland - hip replacement was completed this morning - went well - still in hospital - Northside Cumming
Helen Douyllie - recovering from hip surgery
Goodwin Bryan - traveling home today from leg procedure at Yale last week
Glen Boland’s sister - (Ruth) - cancer
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health (fell again)
Joan Shaw - sister Jackie - cancer diagnosis
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Janet Dittus - upcoming replacement knee surgery - Sept 17 - Murphy Hospital
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - great to see Jim in Church Sunday - remember, he can’t shake hands yet - recovering from open heart surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - cardiac ablation went well - should be home today
David Steed - great to see David in the Choir loft Sunday! New knee and all!
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team

Thank you for your faithfulness! Every dollar is appreciated. We are thankful. Your Finance Team will be meeting this week to review our YTD finances and confirmation of our ministry plan to finish the year. Our current annualized giving pace (36 weeks into the 52 week year) is $1,074,683. We have a $1,100,000 2018 Ministry Plan. If you are in a place to help us reach that full plan level, please help in this fourth quarter. Our shared ministry is necessary and critically important.
………………. . …….Received……….. .YTD Received
September 2nd …….$32,658………………. $ 728,452
September 9th ……. $15,559………………..$ 744,011

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle Update – August 29, 2018

Let me update you on the Fall Festival. We had indicated the incorrect days when people will be at the Annex Building and in the Fellowship Hall to receive your “stuff” donations. Here is the correct information:
Annex Building (Tan Metal building on back of parking lot):
Volunteers will be present to receive your “stuff” donations - basically anything other than clothing related items - on just FRIDAYS from 9 am to 11 am. People are donating household goods, tools, outdoor items, used furniture, anything that you might sell in a yard sale - or just big happy to have out of the house!
Fellowship Hall:
Beginning Friday Sept 7th, volunteers will be present to receive used clothing, shoes, and apparel related items in the Fellowship Hall from 9 to 11 am.
Silent Auction:
In addition, if you have something that might work well for the silent auction, contact Stan Wallace at stanwallace@windstream.net We have already had a boat donated this year! Everything helps! We are thinking outside of the box this year and inviting you to do the same!
The Fall Festival where we open this up to the public is October 12 & 13. All proceeds from the Fall Festival go 100% to pay down the MAC building loan. The Fall Festival is the one event of the year where we invite the entire church to help us to specifically raise funds for the MAC loan. Let’s take a significant bite out of that loan again this year. We will celebrate the results together when the Fall Festival is over.
God’s Joy,
mark

Tickle – August 28, 2018

We had a great day! It’s very special when we have roughly 600 people in worship here at FUMC. While we were there to worship God first, I am so thankful so many were present to help us also communicate our love and appreciation for two decades of God’s ministry through Jeff and Keith. Thank you all for giving the DeFoor family and the Bauman family a memory that I am certain they will never forget (Lord knows, they have done that for us too many times to count!) To God be the Glory!

God’s Joy,
Pastor mark

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.

A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

Wed Night Activities this week! (and don’t forget Women’s study 10 am)
Dinner begins at 5 pm
Pecan crusted tilapia, potato crowns, coleslaw and dessert
Children’s Ministry begins at 6 pm in the Fundamentals room (nursery available)
Youth (6th grade and up) at THE GATHERING begins at 6 pm in lower level of the MAC
Hand bells at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
United Methodism 101 BACK IN THE SANCTUARY (6 pm to 6:45 pm)
……………This Week’s UM101 topic is “Sacraments” - Baptism and Holy Communion
Choir rehearsal in the music room behind the Sanctuary at 7 pm

OASIS IS COMING!
Classes for Adults over 50
The first class of the fall session begins Thursday, September 6th. If you have not registered - don’t wait too long! Classes are filling up! Class flyers are out.

STAY INFORMED:
The best link to official United Methodist Church Denominational (Global) news comes from a publication from the United Methodist Communications office that you can subscribe to at the following website umcom.org

On that web page, click the large “Subscribe box.” In the window that comes up, select Weekly Digest under United Methodist News. You then get a summary email from the United Methodist Church sent to you each week regarding the major developments in core stories around the globe. Among many other things, updates on the upcoming Special Session of General Conference in February will be found there. The North Georgia Conference Web site is a good source of continuous information as well - ngumc.org

In the mountains, it’s not spring cleaning - but fall cleaning - that is our rhythm of life. Do you have some stuff in your house that has value but you don’t know what to do with it? Consider donating it to our Fall Festival MAC Fundraising event. Every penny we earn in this event goes to pay down our MAC Loan. So come on - wander into that basement - open those boxes - who knows what treasures may be there! People are in the Annex Building (tan metal storage building on back side of parking lot) ready to receive your donations each Tuesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am. And beginning in September, people will also be in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am to receive your used clothing, shoes, etc… HELP US MAKE THIS THE BEST FALL FESTIVAL EVER!

We are looking for some people to be Welcome Greeters at the 11 o’clock service. If you are interested in being a greeter and want more information, please contact Barb or John Hahn at 706 835 1289.

ERT badges are in the church office. If you took the recent class, please stop by the church office and pick up yours.

Joan Wiley’s new address is PO Box 814, 43 Walnut Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, phone change 315 868 0755

Hedi Hillenbrand has moved. Her new address is: Hewitt House, 322 E Washington Street, Room 308, Pulaski, TN 38478 phone # 706 897 5529 Her son has asked us to be sensitive in not asking her when she is coming back to Blairsville. She misses everyone so much but coming back to Blairsville may not be a possibility for her.

A Very Special Invitation:
Our new District Superintendent (Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers) will have her formal “installation of office” worship service on Sunday, September 9th at Gainesville FUMC at 3 pm. If you have never been to a D.S. installation, come with us to this one. One of the guest choirs at this special worship service is the Jeff Bauman led YHC Chamber Choir. This is a service for all the clergy and all the laity of our District. The Bishop and Bishop’s cabinet (the other District Superintendents) will all be present. All church members are invited. Stan Wallace has agreed to drive the church bus leaving our church at 1 pm. The first 14 people to sign up on Evelyn’s list in her office can ride the church bus. For everyone else, the address is 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506 Come be with us - you are invited!

Enotah CASA invites you to attend our open house on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Towns County Historical Society located at 900 N Main Street Hiawassee, GA. Enotah CASA is looking for volunteers to advocate for children’s best interest that are in foster care and ambassadors to take our message to the public, help raise support for our cause and/or assist with events. For more information please contact Stephanie Brown at 706-435-7419 or sbrown@enotahcasa.org

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Bill Kolb - carpal tunnel surgery went well - healing
Joan Shaw - sister Jackie - recent cancer diagnosis
Doug Young - home from hospital
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Janet Dittus - upcoming replacement knee surgery - Sept 17 - Murphy Hospital
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - at home recovering from new heart valve surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
David Steed - knee replacement went well this morning - be at UGH tonight
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma - and their daughter Kathy has been in ICU for 2 months
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team
…………THANK YOU!…………

………………. ..Received……….. .YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………….$634,409
August 12th $ 18,870…………………………..$653,278
August 19th $ 19,604…………………………..$672,883
August 26th $ 27,411……………………………$700,294

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle – August 21, 2018

What a great Sunday! Yes, I got a little more excited than usual on Sunday - but who can’t get excited over the love of God Almighty! What joy to have people profess their faith in Jesus Christ for two Sunday’s in a row! All present were blessed this Sunday as Ariel McCarter (another member of this year’s confirmation class) gave her public profession of Christ with her family and friends by her side. Her address is PO Box 1756, Blairsville 30514.

What a joy to hear the good news in the mission moment done by your Children’s Director and Nursery Director as we deal with the “joy” of 10 babies - more babies than we can handle in one room (we are growing a second nursery room) and more children requiring more Sunday School teachers! We have had several volunteers respond to Sunday’s invitations and we are thankful! Contact Donna Frederick dfrede5513@aol.com or Shannon Burgess sburgess421@gmail.com about answering God’s call on your life to serve in these growing ministries of our church.

We have 20 people show up for Disciple 1 - to God be the glory! If you were unable to be present with us this last Sunday during the informational meeting but wish to attend, please respond to us and let us know this week. Nursery is provided. We are ordering books now.

God’s Joy,
Pastor mark

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.
The August Second Mile Giving is going to International Missions support for FUMC missions. You can designate your giving to Orphanage Emmanuel if you like. Two opportunities: 1) support the team projects and expenses, 2) sponsor a Quinceanera girl (our 3rd annual Quinceanera) for $40.
A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

Wed Night Activities this week! (and don’t forget Women’s study 10 am)
Dinner begins at 5 pm
Children’s Ministry begins at 6 pm
in the Fundamentals room (nursery available)
Youth (6th grade and up) at THE GATHERING begins at 6 pm
in lower level of the MAC
Hand bells at 6 pm in the fellowship hall
United Methodism 101 in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom
(lower level of the MAC) Pastor Mark teaching our United Methodist Story
Choir rehearsal in the music room behind the Sanctuary at 7 pm

OASIS IS COMING!
Classes for Adults over 50
The first class of the fall session begins Thursday, September 6th. If you have not registered - don’t wait too long! Classes are filling up! Class flyers are out.

In the mountains, it’s not spring cleaning - but fall cleaning - that is our rhythm of life. Do you have some stuff in your house that has value but you don’t know what to do with it? Consider donating it to our Fall Festival MAC Fundraising event. Every penny we earn in this event goes to pay down our MAC Loan. So come on - wander into that basement - open those boxes - who knows what treasures may be there!

We are looking for some people to be Welcome Greeters at the 11 o’clock service. If you are interested in being a greeter and want more information, please contact Barb or John Hahn at 706 835 1289.

ERT badges are in the church office. If you took the recent class, please stop by the church office and pick up yours.

Joan Wiley’s new address is PO Box 814, 43 Walnut Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, phone # 706 487 0853.

Hedi Hillenbrand has moved. Her new address is: Hewitt House, 322 E Washington Street, Room 308, Pulaski, TN 38478 phone # 706 897 5529

THIS SUNDAY, August 26
20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC across these last 20 years!

A Very Special Invitation:
Our new District Superintendent (Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers) will have her formal “installation of office” worship service on Sunday, September 9th at Gainesville FUMC at 3 pm. If you have never been to a D.S. installation, come with us to this one. One of the guest choirs at this special worship service is the Jeff Bauman led YHC Chamber Choir. This is a service for all the clergy and all the laity of our District. The Bishop and Bishop’s cabinet (the other District Superintendents) will all be present. All church members are invited. Stan Wallace has agreed to drive the church bus leaving our church at 1 pm. The first 14 people to sign up on Evelyn’s list in her office can ride the church bus. For everyone else, the address is 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506 Come be with us - you are invited!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families (Ragan Cook - new Youth Helper)
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
All of YHC community returning to classes this week
Tim Holby - daughter in FL hospital with kidney issue
Mrytle & Henery von Staden - moving this week
Bill Kolb - carpal tunnel surgery friday
Tiffany Martinez - become a full time teacher at East Fannin Elementary
Matthew Mashburn - new job - right on schedule!
Alex Box - cleared all PT - huge new milestones in his recovery! Just try and keep up with him walking down the hall!
Janet Dittus - upcoming replacement knee surgery
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - at home recovering from new heart valve surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns caused hospitalization - home now
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
Norris Wood - at home recovering from heart valve surgery
David Steed - upcoming knee replacement Tuesday, August 28 - UGH
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma - and their daughter Kathy has been in ICU for 2 months
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - moving to Statesboro this week
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team
If you were in worship Sunday, you heard pastor mark make a special giving appeal at all 3 services. We have helped many people, fixed many things, increased many ministries, and made some really good investments in the appearance and functionality of our church. As a result, our expenses have exceeded our giving. August has been better, but we always struggle through late summer and early fall. If you can help us keep the forward momentum currently moving through our church, please do so over the next few weeks. Every dollar matters. Every dollar is an act of faith that allows us to touch people. And we are VERY GRATEFUL for every dollar received through your act of holy worship. Thanks be to God and thanks be to you!

………………. ..Received……….. .YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………….$634,409
August 12th $ 18,870…………………………..$653,278
August 19th $ 19,604…………………………..$672,883

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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